Volume 11, Number 16         1 February 2005

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From the Student Council

Dear Friends,
The December 26th tsunami disaster in South Asia resulted in the deaths of 280,000 people. Many more were injured, and still more lost their homes.
We Bilkent students can help the tsunami victims. The Bilkent University Student Council and the Bilkent Education Club, in cooperation with the UNICEF Turkish National Committee, are organizing a concert, "Shakespeare Çağ
rı," on Thursday, February 10 at 8 p.m. at the Bilkent Concert Hall. Yıldız Kenter and Prof. Talat Halman will participate in this concert with their presentation, "Turkish Shakespeare." Income from the concert will go to the disaster victims.
Also, the Turkish Red Crescent Society is running a donation campaign for the victims. The Red Crescent has opened a separate bank account for Bilkenters who would like to make donations:
Yapı Kredi Bank,
Sıhhiye Branch,
Account No: 1018213-9
Thank you in advance for your support.

Ali Erdinç Savcı
President, Bilkent Student Council

MBA Students Win Marketing Competition

The Bilkent University MBA team, consisting of Emrah Çetin, Gönenç Altınoklar and Ozan Erinçkan, has won the first Marketing Challenge, a marketing case competition organized by the Koç University Marketing Club. MBA teams from Bilkent, Koç, Boğaziçi, Bilgi and Middle East Technical Universities participated in the event, which took place at Koç University on December 24-25.
For the competition, the teams were given a theoretical case that challenged them to help a Turkish finance company (Garanti Leasing) overcome a financial crisis. Jurors were top-level executives from prominent companies including Koç Holding, Doğuş Holding, Coca-Cola and Garanti Leasing. After two rounds of competition, the jury chose the Bilkent team as the winner.
In an interview with NTV, Bilkent MBA team representative Ozan Erinçkan observed that Bilkent's program equips students to meet the challenges of today's business world, as the results of the competition demonstrated. He stated, "As a Bilkent electrical and electronics engineering graduate, I made the correct decision when I chose to get my MBA degree at Bilkent, where the curriculum is perfectly designed to train future executives."

Also in this issue:

2004 - 2005 Spring Semester Academic Calendar

- 31 January - 1 February 2005 -
Monday through Tuesday
Course Registration for all Students
-2 February 2005 - Wednesday
Classes Begin
-16 February 2005 - Wednesday
Last Day to Add/Drop Courses
-11-15 April 2005 - Monday through Friday
Mid-semester Break
-2 May 2005 - Monday
Last Day to Withdraw from Courses
-17 May 2005 - Tuesday
Last Day of Classes
-18 May 2005 - Wednesday
Beginning of Final Examinations
-19 May 2005 - Thursday
National Holiday
-27 May 2005 - Friday
End of Academic Year
-30 May 2005 - Monday
Last Day for Submission of Semester Grades

Undergraduate Chemistry Student Achieves Publication

Eda Özkaraoğlu, currently a third-year student in the Department of Chemistry, wanted to make the most of her time while attending the 2004 Summer School. She decided to carry out research with Prof. Şefik Süzer. Their work led to the publication of a research article in the January 4, 2005 issue (Volume 21, No. 1: 437-442)

of Langmuir, a journal of the American Chemical Society. This year, in addition to her coursework, Eda is continuing her research on the "UV-Assisted Preparation of Metallic Nanoparticles in Polymer Matrices."


Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Concert Program

Saturday, February 5 at 8 p.m.
Bilkent Concert Hall
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Emil Tabakov,
Martina Tomcic
G. Mahler, "Kindertotenlieder"
R. Strauss, "Eine Alpensymphonie"
(Alpine Symphony), Op. 64h

Tickets are available at the FMPA. You can also buy your ticket by credit card at ext. 1775.


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